Critic’s Choice: Programming Ideas for Older Teens

Teens are one of the toughest populations to reach, and older teens present their own special challenges. How do we reach out to young adults that think they’ve done it all, seen it all, and know it all?  We librarians have a unique and amazing opportunity to connect with older teens, show them that we’re listening, and create engaging programs for them.

Learning Outcomes

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize the needs of their older teen patrons
  • Use topics and events that consume so much of older teens’ lives (like jobs, schoolwork, SATs, college, sports, arts, and pop culture) to develop programming that’s relevant to them.
  • Examine strategies that have been used and are currently being used to reach and include older teens.


Andrew Bollerman is a Teen Librarian at Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York. He has been working with teens in the library for almost 10 years.  His programs vary in subjects and formats and include arts/crafts, technology, music, gardening, anime and cosplay.  He plays drums in a punk rock band, runs a small record label, and is the proud owner of the cutest French bulldog puppy Tzatziki! 


How to Register

Register online today!

Registration is also available with a purchase order or by mail. Please download this form and submit with a purchase order or check. Faxed or mailed registrations must be received by the Monday prior to the Thursday webinar.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing up to one week prior to the event. No phone cancellations will be accepted. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the registration amount. Please mail registration cancellations to:

American Library Association
ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Fax: 1-312-280-1538

Refunds will be processed after the event. YALSA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop for insufficient registration or other reasons.

Registration closes July 16. 2013

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the Adobe Connect platform. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for this webinar will be streamed over computer speakers, and you will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

You can conduct a test to ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in YALSA’s webinar.

If you have never participated in a webinar before, you can watch an overview of a webinar.

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

A certificate of participation is available for attendees of this live webinar.


Please contact Nicole Gibby Munguia, Program Officer for Continuing Education at or 312.280.5293 with any questions.